CD review PERSUADER ‘Necromancy’

For six years it was rather quiet about Swedish power metallers Persuader who released with ‘The Fiction Maze’ their fourth album in 2014. After a long absence the four Swedes are back, equipped with a new deal with Frontiers Music.

‘Necromancy’ is the name of the new CD, a longplayer that contains seven songs, which are not sparing in playing time. In a total of 44 minutes, the band presents melodic power metal with some bombastic sounds and whistles.

The quartet is very clearly inspired by Blind Guradian, which is also due to the vocal range of frontman Jens Carlsson. Blind Guardian is certainly not a bad reference for a band, but the four guys from Umeå adopt a bit too much of the German metal pioneers, for my taste.

‘Necromancy’ does not contain bad songs, but it is the lack of distinctiveness that makes the album less exciting than as it could sound. Some rougher vocals like in ‘The Infernal Fires ‘ are a nice variation but too little for creating uniqueness.

Fans of the Krefeld metal icons should check out ‘Necromancy’ as the album is well done. But it is also not the most exciting release. It arises thequestion, whether the time is not more usefully spent if one immediately puts on a Blind Guardian record on the player.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. The Curse Unbound
  2. Scars
  3. Raise The Dead
  4. Reign Of Darkness
  5. Hells Command
  6. Gateways
  7. The Infernal Fires

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: December 4th, 2020

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